Wood is to a tree-like circulatory system is to a human. It is the collective mass of cells made of cellulose and strengthened with lignin that enables trees to grow with the support they need to produce a canopy of branches and leaves and provides a two-way path for water and nutrients.
Beyond understanding the science about wood, why is wood relevant? Humans have used wood for millennia. Wood is used in utility to create tools, provide shelter, and burn for heat. Properly treated and cared for, wood can be fashioned into objects that can last almost forever whether for cabinetry, chairs, or art. Understanding how wood relates to the tree and the structure of those cells is vital to the woodworker in order to produce objects of long-lasting beauty and functional integrity.
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